|Our girl, Lexie|
We telephoned a nearby veterinary office and took Lexie in for an exam. The vet who examined her was filling in for the regular doctor. She agreed the growth was suspicious and should be removed. Surgery was scheduled for the next Tuesday. We would bite our nails until then.
It took a half hour of calling, explaining and pleading before I reached the receptionist at VCA Miracle Mile Animal Hospital in Fort Myers. They would see her quickly. If it was agreed surgery was needed, it would be done promptly. There were five vets on staff and surgery was performed every day.
|The fashionable "lampshade" Elizabethan collar|
|The cozy but cumbersome, inflatable "donut" as presented by Ozzie standing on a stack of dog food bags.|
|Lexie's mammary tumor|
Lexie was still groggy when she was brought to us in the examining room. We didn't get to visit with Dr. Thomas this time as she wouldn't have any test results. The tech explained that Lexie had done very well in surgery and should heal quickly. So afraid we would injure her, we were careful picking her up. The dreaded Elizabethan collar would have to be worn for ten days. Oh no.
Post op Lexie shows off her pink bandage from her IV.
Notice the tiny red heart the techs cut out for it.
Furthermore, we had instructions to keep Lexie from running, jumping or going up and down the little foam steps she uses to go to the couch. Additionally, from the couch, she always jumps onto the back of the couch to the window sill. All that was out of the question.
This means Lexie would spend her days in the little playpen. She didn't mind being in the playpen when Ozzie was in with her, but she didn't like it all when she alone.
|Looking down on the playpen. |
Lexie in the lampshade and Ozzie wondering how he got into this predicament.
|An unhappy Lexie barked constantly when she was in the pen alone|
|Dr. Janice Thomas with a very scared little Lexie|